Future Reflections         Special Issue: Blind Children with Additional Disabilities

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESEARCH

Sleep Patterns in Blind Children and Youth
Contact: Stevie Hodge, Research Assistant
Oregon Health Sciences University
(503) 494-1402
sleeplab@ohsu.edu

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is helping to find participants for an important research study on sleep cycles in blind children and youth. Children and youth with and without sleep difficulties are needed for the study. Participants must be children between the ages of five and eight or young adults ages seventeen to twenty. Qualifying participants will be offered the opportunity to take a low dose of chewable melatonin daily in an effort to adjust their irregular body rhythms. This project has real potential to help families whose children are having difficulty with sleep patterns. If you are interested in finding out more about the project, please contact Ms. Stevie Hodge by phone or email.

Musical Ability in Congenitally Blind Children
Focus on Music 3
Contact: Adam Ockelford, Professor of Music
Roehampton University, Roehampton Lane, London SW155PU
Tel: 07818-456-472
a.ockelford@roehampton.ac.uk

Prof. Adam Ockelford is conducting a series of studies on the musical abilities of children who are congenitally blind due to specific eye conditions. Focus on Music 3 will explore the musicality of children who are blind as a result of Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA). Focus on Music 1 and Focus on Music 2 studied children with septo-optic dysplasia and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), respectively. Thus far, these studies suggest that "absolute pitch" appears far more frequently in congenitally blind children than it does in the general population. This research may help educators and others discover the most effective strategies for helping blind young people reach their musical potential, whether they want to engage in musical activities just for fun or with more serious public performance in mind.

TESTING

National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB)
Contact: Louise Walch, NCLB Coordinator
(318) 257-4554
braille@nbpcb.org
Online Registration: <https://nbpcb.org/members/login.php?r=/members/er.php?eid=41>
Application Deadline: June 13, 2010
Cost: $250

Testing for national certification in literary Braille will be held at this year's national NFB convention in Dallas. The testing dates are Sunday and Monday, July 4 and 5, 2010, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

BRAILLE BOOKS

2010 Braille Book Flea Market
Mailing Contact: Vanessa Pena
UPS Customer Counter
10155 Monroe
Dallas, TX 75229

Every year kids eagerly look forward to the Braille Book Flea Market at the NFB national convention. Braille readers donate hundreds of used books, which kids can select free of charge. If you would like to donate any gently used Braille books for young readers from toddlers to teens, please pack them in cardboard cartons and send them to Vanessa Pena at the above address by June 1. Cartons of Braille books can be sent via US mail as Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. If you have questions, contact Peggy Chong at peggychong@earthlink.net.

SPORTS

US Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
2010 Sports Festival and Vision Mission Program
<www.usaba.org/home.html>
Contact Rich Cardillo
(719) 630-0422
military@usaba.org
Date: July 28-August 2, 2010
Application Deadline: June 1, 2010

Blind and visually impaired athletes of all ages are invited to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes of all levels will train, learn, refine their skills, and compete alongside sighted peers in various sports clinics instructed by USABA coaches. Events include archery, cycling, judo, powerlifting, track and field, triathlon, wrestling, and 5K run. Program participants must be or become members of USABA.

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